Dai Bingguo and Hillary Clinton in a previous meeting. Photo from the US State Department.
China’s deputy permanent representative to the UN Wang Min, in an address to the UN General Assembly on Monday, called on the international community to play a “positive and constructive role” in the Syria issue, saying that the UN action on Syria “should comply with the purposes and principles of the UN Charter” and the basic norms guiding the international relations.
“We support the good offices made by the Arab League and Arab countries to resolve the Syrian issue peacefully and properly, so as to promote early launch of an inclusive political process led by the Syrian people and extensively participated by all parties, resolve differences and disputes through dialogue and negotiations, and restore stability in Syria,” he said.
In a separate phone call on the same day with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo reiterated China’s stance that the Syria issue was essentially its internal affair.
China’s position on the matter, he added, was “objective and fair”, “open and aboveboard”, and that it would “stand the test of time”.
China also “backed the efforts of Arab countries to solve the Syria issues through political settlement,” said Dai.
Clinton had earlier described the UN Security Council veto by Russia and China as a “travesty” and accused the two countries of “protecting the brutal regime” in Damascus.
The phone call came as Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, widely tapped to take over from President Hu Jintao, arrived in the United States for a five-day visit in Washington DC, Iowa and California.